Focus on Your Health with NBA Fit Week’s Keys to Wellness

Exercise, fuel up and take care of your body just like your favorite NBA players.

Photos of basketball players in Hawks gear

Medically reviewed in March 2021

NBA FIT is the National Basketball Association’s health and wellness platform that encourages physical and mental wellbeing for fans of all ages. During NBA FIT Week, which runs from March 21-27, 2021, players and partners engage with their local communities to highlight the importance of leading a healthy life through mind, body, and spirit.

In partnership with community experts, the National Basketball Coaches Association, the NBA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and the NBA Physicians Association, NBA FIT provides diverse health and fitness information to children and their families through social media and interactive online content. Participants can exercise, fuel up and take care of their body just like their favorite NBA players.

NBA Fit Week focuses on 6 main Keys to Wellness, all of which include a commitment to being healthy in body and mind. By adopting relatively simple behaviors — such as sleeping well, staying active, eating healthy foods and taking steps to manage stress — you can help yourself feel better, improve your state of mind, and perform to your potential.

Nutrition
A healthy diet involves a focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Unfortunately, some of our favorite snacks are processed snacks, which are high in saturated fats, sodium and added sugar—all things that should be limited in our diet.

Find out how to choose healthier, whole foods as opposed to packaged processed items: Want a Healthier Diet? Cut Back on Processed Foods

Sleep
The average adult needs anywhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep, while children need even more, depending on their age.

Use these tips to fall asleep faster and have a peaceful slumber throughout the night: 6 Smart Tactics for a Good Night’s Sleep

Exercise
Moving every day is essential to our well-being. Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Children should try to get 60 minutes of aerobic activity daily, which can be as simple as playing outside.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a burden. Even just a minute of movement counts! Try this workout that you can do anywhere—no fancy equipment necessary: The 5-Part Workout You Can Do Anytime, Anywhere

Stress
Learning tactics to manage your worries is essential. High levels of stress over time can affect both your mental and physical health. Focusing on your health, activities that bring you joy and gratitude for others can help you lower your stress levels.

If you feel anxiety creeping up, try this simple and fast technique to feel better: Try This Quick Technique to Calm Your Anxiety

Being a good teammate
There may be instances where our family members, friends or teammates could be going through a difficult time. Show your loved ones that you are concerned and offer strategies to help them through whatever challenges they face.

Good friends can fill your life with joy. Find out how they also affect your health: The Surprising Ways Your Friends Affect Your Health

Connecting Someone to Resources
As much as we want to try to help our loved ones, it is okay to ask for additional help. There are many resources available for anyone struggling with their physical or emotional health. Some suggestions include making an appointment with a trusted doctor or contacting the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘HELLO’ to 741741.

Look for these signs to see if you or a loved one thinks they may need to seek treatment for stress or anxiety: Is Your Anxiety Normal—or a Sign of Something Serious?

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